By David M. Fitzpatrick
Of The Weekly Staff
The Bangor chapter of SCORE has been recognized by the national SCORE as Chapter of the Year for the Maine district.
“We served many more people this year than the previous year, and we had more volunteers join,” said Chapter Chair Patricia Rice of Bangor SCORE. “We had more workshops. So we did a lot more, and they felt that this was an honor.”
It probably isn’t a coincidence that Rice took over Bangor SCORE in August 2011, but she’s quick to note that the award is for the chapter, not her. She cites the efforts of her dedicated volunteers who have helped counsel people, teach workshops, and offer their expertise in every way.
“We’re trying new things,” she said. “Without that input… the chapter would be less. It’s all of us working together. It’s not just me.”
Volunteer Charlsye Diaz doesn’t dispute that, but says Rice is a far more important piece of the puzzle than she’ll take credit for.
“She really is the reason SCORE is growing in Bangor,” Diaz said. “All the volunteers do their part, but we are sustained by Pat’s energy.”
Bangor SCORE assists small-business owners and prospective small-business owners with a wide variety of free services, including developing business plans, marketing, management, government contracting, and financial education. The organization does this through mentoring, workshops, special events, and online templates and tools. The group is entirely composed of volunteers with a wide range of business experience with which they help clients. But those dedicated volunteers are very few.
“We have 10 — only 10 — and we need a lot more,” Rice said. “[SCORE] is a place where people with business experience, whether it’s business services — such as tax accountants, bankers, lawyers, business services — or business owners… can volunteer, and they can help other area businesses.”
If you have business expertise you can lend to this volunteer effort, Bangor SCORE could use the assistance. Visit bangor.score.org to learn more.